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Confirmation P1 FAMILY GATHERS March 2018

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March starts and ends in the season of Lent. It is a time when daytime grows to equal nighttime and spring begins for us. Named after Mars the Roman god of war, summer and winter seem to battle through this month. Second only (a very distant second granted) to the season of Lent we celebrate MARCH MADNESS! The NCAA March Madness men’s basketball brackets will not be released until mid-March but that hasn’t stopped the bracketologists (yes that is a real thing) from offering their best guess of which teams will be the 64 selected to compete for the National Championship.

For Catholics, we should be especially excited about the prominence of catholic colleges and universities that are in the running to be one of the 64 teams in the tournament. In honor of all things Catholic and our desperate need to embrace spring we will conduct our own March Madness tournament. Below you will find a list of Catholic schools that are currently predicted to be invited to the tournament.
You need to know nothing about basketball for our Family Gathers tournament. Read each blurb describing the unique Catholic identity of each school and vote for your favorite team for whatever reason you want. So as your family gathers this month;

1. Pick a symbol that you think represents Lent, Easter or basketball this month and place it on your table. The color for Lent is purple, Easter white or gold and the Seton Hall Pirates is blue. Did I mention I have a Seton Hall flag hanging over my garage door?

2. Pick an opening prayer: Create your own or use this one adapted from the “Catholic Household Blessing and Prayers” book.
Strong and faithful God, as we come together for this activity, we ask you to bless all the athletes. Keep them safe from injury and harm, instill in them respect for each other, and reward them for their perseverance. Lead us all to the rewards of you Kingdom where you live and reign forever and ever. AMEN

3. Did you know? In 1922, the voters of Oregon passed an initiative amending Oregon Law Section
5259, the Compulsory Education Act. The law unofficially became known as the Oregon School Law. The citizens' initiative was primarily aimed at eliminating parochial schools, including Catholic schools. The law caused outraged Catholics to organize locally and nationally for the right to send their children to Catholic schools. In Pierce v. Society of Sisters (1925), the United States Supreme Court declared the Oregon's Compulsory Education Act unconstitutional in a ruling that that has been called "the Magna Carta of the parochial school system.”

4. Favorite Catholic School in the 2018 NCAA tournament: share with your family the stories of these Catholic colleges and universities and then vote to pick your family’s favorite. You can pick your school for any reason but be prepared to share why in the on line report.

  • St. Mary’s College of California – the Gaels! A Catholic liberal arts college, rooted in the life and work of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Christian Brothers and the patron saint of teachers. They are committed to social justice, respect for all persons, and the power of education to transform lives. Saint Mary's was founded in 1863, one of the oldest schools in the West, but with their feet planted firmly in the 21st century on a foundation of strong values.
  • Providence College – The Friars! Founded in 1917 through a joint effort of the Diocese of Providence and the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph, with the blessing of Pope Benedict XV. The driving force behind the development of the College was the late Rt. Rev. Matthew Harkins, D. D., Bishop of Providence, whose dream it was to create a center of advanced learning primarily for the Catholic youth of Rhode Island. However, the College's charter demonstrates that the founders intended PC to serve members of all religious faiths as it reads: "no person shall be refused admission . . . nor shall any person be denied any of the privileges, honors, or degrees in said college on account of the religious opinion he may entertain."
  • Villanova University – The Wildcats! Villa Nova is a private university located in Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the United States. Named after Saint Thomas of Villanova, the school is the oldest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine, the university traces its roots to old Saint Augustine's Church, Philadelphia, which the Augustinian friars founded in 1796, and to its parish school, Saint Augustine's Academy, which was established in 1811.
  • St. Bonaventure– The Bonnies! St. Bonaventure University is a place where more than 2,000 students are becoming extraordinary. Founded in 1858 in the interest of promoting Catholic-Franciscan education, the university continues to this day to pursue academic excellence through personalized attention that reflects the Franciscan tradition of valuing human relationships. We instill in students a real passion for learning and living. We encourage independent study, critical analysis and original expression. Our professors are committed and approachable faculty who dedicate themselves to making connections — among themselves, their courses and, most importantly, their students.
  • Creighton University – The Blue Jays! Opened in 1878 in Omaha NE, offers a top-ranked education in the Jesuit tradition for people who want to contribute something meaningful to the world. It’s where students, faculty and staff thrive in a supportive community committed to Jesuit, Catholic values and traditions. And, it’s where students learn to become leaders through service to others.
  • Seton Hall University- The Pirates! Seton Hall is a private Roman Catholic university in South Orange, New Jersey, United States. Founded in 1856 by Archbishop James Roosevelt Bayley and named after his aunt, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – the first American born saint, Seton Hall is the oldest diocesan university in the United States. It is also the first American university blessed by Pope Francis.
  • Xavier University – The Musketeers! Xavier is a coeducational Jesuit, Catholic university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. The school is the sixth-oldest Catholic and fourth-oldest Jesuit university in the nation. The University is named after the Jesuit Saint Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Mother Frances Xavier Warde who, in 1846, brought the Sisters of Mercy from Pittsburgh to Chicago and founded Saint Francis Xavier Academy for Females, the forerunner of Saint Xavier University.
  • Loyola-Chicago - The Ramblers! As a Jesuit Catholic university, Loyola calls themselves stewards of our Catholic tradition and unique Ignatian heritage. They state "Our mission defines our roots, our ways of proceeding and the outcomes we strive to achieve. At Loyola University Chicago, we actively support the Lord's mission in many ways.‌"
  • Gonzaga University- The Bulldogs! Gonzaga University is an exemplary learning community that educates students for lives of leadership and service for the common good. In keeping with its Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic heritage and identity, Gonzaga models and expects excellence in academic and professional pursuits and intentionally develops the whole person -- intellectually, spiritually, culturally, physically, and emotionally. The Gonzaga experience fosters a mature commitment to dignity of the human person, social justice, diversity, intercultural competence, global engagement, solidarity with the poor and vulnerable, and care for the planet. Grateful to God, the Gonzaga community carries out this mission with responsible stewardship of our physical, financial, and human resources.
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Confirmation P1 Family Gathers March 2018
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